sofa woes

MdmeLastrangeJanuary 5, 2011

Mornin' all. (or evening...whatever.)

Looking for a sofa that would fit through a 29" door(and at least two sharp turns).

Now all I see are 39"+deep. I might have issues with this...

Now in one particular store, I have been toled that

a reclineing sofa would do the trick.

(the width of the door was not known at the time.)

Reclineing, because it can be taken apart in pieces.

Would this still be an issue?

Should I give up on the sofa, and go with a futon?

I would like to avoid the cheap 'put it together yourself'


But as of late it looks to be my only option...


Thanks for any help!

The Mdme.

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Go to a furniture store that also carries recliners (apart from one that only does) and talk to them. You might get a 'davenport' - a sofa that's a kind of platform, possibly that the legs unscrew from, with a slab of foam on top where the sofa back folds flat directly onto the seat part (and the sofa back frame piece folds back to become a sleeping platform).

    Bookmark   January 5, 2011 at 9:48PM
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Most sofas are wider than the average doorway--to get them in the room, movers usually tilt them up on one end and move them in vertically at an angle. With a 29" doorway, you could probably get a sofa a bit wider and still get it in the room. The interior doors in my apartment are 29" wide and I have a 35" deep loveseat and a 40" by 36" armchair that did have to be tipped up on end to get through the doorway, but it wasn't hard. Also consider taking the door off the hinges on moving day, as that usually gives you at least another inch of room.

Also consider sectionals, where the individual pieces will be smaller and you should be able to tilt and wiggle them through the doorway. You'd need to choose carefully, but you can get two sections that put together look like one sofa.

Other options would be to get a loveseat, because it is not as long and therefore more likely to fit vertically through a doorway. Or consider armless furniture, as the lack of arms will make it easier to tilt and manover through doors. And some sofas have legs that can be removed for moving and then put back on, making them easier to get through doorways. You aren't going to be able to get huge, bulky overstuffed furniture into your place. But you aren't limited to futons or reclining sofas, either. Just check with the place you buy your furniture from to make sure they will take the piece back if it can't be carried into your apartment. And then find something you like.

I'd go to a few different furniture stores and ask about sofas that can get through tight spaces, instead of focusing on the depth of the furniture. Experienced furniture sales people should be able to point you to lines of furniture that are suitable for your needs. I live in an older city with lots of tiny apartments with narrow, twisting stairways. All I have to do is mention where I live, and salepeople know exactly what I'm talking about and have a good idea of what will and won't work in that type of building.

    Bookmark   January 6, 2011 at 10:02AM
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Thanks for the info!

    Bookmark   January 6, 2011 at 1:13PM
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